Adventures in Drool: My life as a bag lady

March 19, 2013

Look around – on playgrounds, at daycare drop-offs, and at the grocery store – you will see them. They are the bag ladies.

Today's bag ladies are moms. I can only attempt to see the humor as I am dragging myself to the car in the morning, burdened with the diaper bag, the lunch bag, the gym bag, my purse and, in all likelihood, some additional form of bag. That's not to mention toting Droolface.

It is no not chic. I don't imagine fashionable mamas prancing to their cars in high-heeled shoes with an adorable tot carrying nearly the load I see myself carrying each morning.

It is unreal. I hereby put my foot down! I will not be a bag lady! I will down-size!

Or perhaps I will just carry the bags out the night before, so that I too can prance to the car in the morning without a care in the world. I just hope I remember to bring Droolface along.

Now here's a recipe we can all get behind. This easy to prepare salmon is not only nutritious, it is also delicious. Enjoy!


Mustardy Salmon


1 fillet (about 2-1/2 pounds)

1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar

1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

1/4 cup grainy Dijon mustard

1/2 cup light mayonnaise


Place salmon on broiler pan, skin-side down.

In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, dill and mustard. Spread half on top of salmon. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 5 hours. Stir remaining mixture into mayonnaise and refrigerate sauce, covered, until ready to serve.

To serve, heat oven to 400 F. Remove salmon from refrigerator 20 minutes before cooking. Bake at 400 F for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Remove salmon in one piece to a platter, leaving skin behind. Serve warm or at room temperature with sauce.

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    Welcome to Adventures in Drool! Talking about green living, getting rid of plastics and toxic chemicals in our homes and raising happy kids on a budget. Join the conversation ( and don't forget to Like us on Facebook!

    Rachel Swick Mavity, author of the blog, lives with a reformed drooler (Droolface), who at age 3 loves to get muddy, drink homemade smoothies, giggle and flirt with old ladies. Her current drooler (Birdy) enjoys spitting up on work clothes and leaving drool trails as a way of showing her love.

    Mavity previously worked as a journalist for seven years at newspapers from Pennsylvania to Maryland and Delaware. In Sussex County she worked for several newspapers, including the Cape Gazette. She lives in Lewes with her husband, Ryan Mavity, their son, "Droolface," and daughter, "Birdy."